It’s shocking that science fiction isn’t considered literary or even highbrow – because it’s certainly raised a few. For decades, sci-fi writers have not only used their texts to predict the technology of the future (re: Prophets of Science Fiction), but they’ve also made strong social criticisms on the way we’d use it.
Sometimes these novels say even more on screen. Writers such as H.G. Wells created the masterworks War of the Worlds and Time Machine with messages so strong, one made the big screen twice. There’s no doubt, sci-fi films with collective critiques can reach a broader audience.
Read on for some of the best sci-fi films with social commentary, from the new classics to a couple of contemporary favorites.
7. Avatar (2009)
20th Century Fox
Avatar offers up some pretty strong social commentary about war. The Los Angeles Times reported the director, James Cameron,